International Studies & Programs

Education Abroad Overview

The Office for Education Abroad is committed to engaging the campus community in a collective partnership to provide valuable, high-quality and academically-sound education abroad and exchanges programming that expands opportunities for where, when and how students learn.


Our mission is to ensure that all students at Michigan State University, irrespective of demographic background, academic discipline, or financial need, actively engage in international study that advances global learning and disciplinary scholarship.   

Our Priorities

Academic Progress

To strategically leverage education abroad programming as a high-impact educational practice that positively contributes to student success.   

Student Development

To offer education abroad and exchanges programming that intentionally aims to produce graduates who are intellectually and internationally engaged citizen-leaders who contribute to the well-being and sustainability of Michigan and the world.

Access and Equity

To offer inclusive and accessible education abroad and exchanges programming and to remove barriers to access faced by traditionally underrepresented student populations.

Engaged Learning

To facilitate programming that engages students meaningfully and respectfully in international communities through undergraduate research, international internships, and global service-learning.

Faculty and Staff Engagement

To enhance education abroad and exchanges programming in all disciplines by partnering closely with MSU faculty and staff in developing international study opportunities that extend curriculum integration efforts.

Health, Safety and Security

To utilize campus resources and national best practices to effectively and continuously monitor, evaluate and respond to health, safety and security conditions of all programming.  


About Education Abroad at MSU

  • Key building block in MSU's long-standing commitment to international education
  • National leader in education abroad participation (according to the most recent IIE Open Doors report, #7 for study abroad participation of public institutions)
  • Offers high-quality, good value programming connected to university and college strategies, leveraging faculty research with strategic partners, and building on MSU’s history and culture
  • Offers more than 275 education abroad programs, during all semesters including winter and spring breaks, where students can earn credit through every MSU college
  • Offers students a wide range of valuable experiences including international internships, undergraduate research abroad, and community engagement opportunities around the world
  • Focuses on helping students develop the skill sets highly valued by employers such as flexibility, resourcefulness and self-confidence
  • Offers incoming first-year students Freshman Seminars Abroad that give students an academic and social head start at MSU
  • Offers programs in over 60 countries on all continents with more than 30% of MSU student participation in non-traditional locations such as Asia, Latin America and Africa
  • Continues to help alleviate financial concerns with generous scholarships and financial aid
  • Awards over 400 scholarships per year from endowments totaling more than $4.5 million
  • Welcomes students from all over the world through the American Semester Program (ASP) and the facilitation of exchanges between MSU and partner institutions.
  • Cooperates with the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to help open opportunities to students facing physical, emotional, or mental challenges
  • Works closely with academic advisers across campus to ensure integration of study abroad into a student's individual degree program
  • Works with students prior to departure and during re-entry to enable them to gain the maximum benefit from their education abroad experience
  • Nationally recognized Education Abroad Security and Risk Assessment Committee—a standing committee charged with reviewing program locations for safety and security of program participants